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Phoning it in

July 5th, 2016

I’m sure you’ve heard the story: In 1982, Atari and its corporate parent company Warner Communications were so blinded by record profits and institutional hubris that they failed to see the growing structural weakness in what was essentially a fad-driven economic bubble. Having scored the lucrative licenses to release both a home port of Pac-Man […]

Control freakout

June 23rd, 2016

I’ll get back to answering your questions next week, but today I’d like to reminisce about a cherished childhood companion… …the Pointmaster. The the flight-stick modeled 2600 controller was Discwasher’s attempt to branch out from stereo accessories into the then-lucrative realm of home videogames. It was heavily advertised in Boys Life, where is how it […]

It’s October 1982. The leaves have begun falling from the trees and the big marketing push for the coming holiday season has started to rev into high gear. Home videogame systems are this year’s Big Thing. Atari is still the overvalued champion in that realm, but the field has been getting dangerously crowded. Not only […]

Ex oriente lux

March 18th, 2016

My Destiny crew finally got around to beating the Oryx challenge last week. While I didn’t get the shower of sweet loot some of the other fireteam members did, I did score a much-coveted raid helmet for my character. I celebrated this momentous event by posting the following screenshot and caption to my Twitter feed: […]

There have been several occasions where videogames have seen me through some rough patches in my life. The active engagement required in playing certain games helped to distract me from my problems long enough for them to subside or be dealt with properly. I mitigated the agonizing pain of last year’s pair of abscessed teeth […]

Hell bent for Leather City

November 11th, 2015

When rumors began circulating that Fallout 4 would be set in the post-nuclear ruins of 23rd Century Greater Boston, I wondered if my hometown of Woburn would be making its AAA videogame debut. When the rumors were confirmed by the developers and more details began to trickle out about some of the in-game locations, it […]

My love for Atari Force is no secret. What began as a fairly mediocre bit of intramural cross-promotion ended up becoming one the few bright spots in DC’s roster of early 1980s offerings. Though DC made a score of attempts to mimic Marvel’s big-selling licensed Star Wars comic. only Atari Force came close to capturing […]

Somewhere in my buddy Leech’s archived camcorder footage is a clip where a younger, punkier Andrew shouts “Austria has been DESTROYED!” while squatting with a gamepad in hand in front of a 13-inch TV set. For a good stretch of early 1992, L’Empereur was my jam. The game took the standard Koei strategy formula and […]

When most folks think of the game publishers which defined the NES years, Square, Konami/Ultra, and the Big N itself usually top the the nostalgia list. In my case, however, that honor goes to Koei. Long before the company’s merger with Tecmo and seemingly unending stream of Dynasty Warriors franchise offerings, Koei’s specialty was wargames […]

I’ve been playing a lot of Destiny these past few months. Despite the “cool to hate it” rep it has acquired around the gaming scene, I’ve been enjoying it’s grindy, current gen take on the old Phantasy Star Online gameplay model. Most of the game’s best content requires non-random co-op matchmaking, which means I’ve become […]

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